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ADOPTING THE PERFECT FAMILY PET

October is Adopt-A-Dog MonthAdopting a pet is a big decision for any family and not one that should be entered into lightly. With such a wide variety of pets and breeds, you want to find one that will fit well into your family dynamic. Follow these top 10 tips to help you find the perfect pet for your family.

  1. Involve all family members in the household in the decision process of selecting your pet.
  2. Determine any constraints of your home. Will your pet of choice need a large yard or do you need a pet best suited for apartment living?
  3. Determine any constraints of your schedule. Are you able to devote enough time for the exercise, grooming and training that your pet will need?
  4. Make sure you can afford the pet before making your final decision about bringing a new furry family member into your home. Pure bred pets (especially puppies and kittens) can cost quite a bit. Adopting a pet from a local animal shelter is sometimes more affordable and offers the added benefit of rescuing a pet in need.
  5. Do you have the time and patience needed to devote to the training of a young pet, or would your family be better suited with an adult?
  6. Identify what temperament and personality you would like in a pet.
  7. Do your research. Familiarize yourself with pet breeds to find one that is well suited for your family and lifestyle.
  8. Have each family member spend some one-on-one time with the pet prior to adoption.
  9. Find a reputable breeder or adoption center. Know the history and background of your pet before you bring him into your home.
  10. Go with your gut. If a particular pet “just feels right” chances are he will fit well into your family dynamic.

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